overcapitalization

overcapitalize

[oh-ver-kap-i-tl-ahyz]
verb (used with object), overcapitalized, overcapitalizing.
1.
to fix the total amount of securities of a corporation in excess of the limits set by law or by sound financial policy.
2.
to overestimate the capital value (of a business property or enterprise).
3.
to provide an excessive amount of capital for (a business enterprise).
Also, especially British, overcapitalise.


Origin:
1885–90; over- + capitalize

overcapitalization, noun
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overcapitalize or overcapitalise (ˌəʊvəˈkæpɪtəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to provide or issue capital for (an enterprise) in excess of profitable investment opportunities
2.  to estimate the capital value of (a company) at an unreasonably or unlawfully high level
3.  to overestimate the market value of (property)
 
overcapitalise or overcapitalise
 
vb
 
overcapitali'zation or overcapitalise
 
n
 
overcapitali'sation or overcapitalise
 
n

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